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Paradise St - Anyone remember a foot tunnel?

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A bit of modern archaeology, anyone remember a foot tunnel on Paradise Street?.

In preparation for building the Metro tram along Paradise Street they are digging it up.

When I was up there taking photos yesterday I saw evidence underground of a foot tunnel on Paradise Street.

Anyone remember this tunnel and if so where did it go to?

I assume it went UNDER Paradise Street, but it could not go into Fletchers Walk as this was on the street level and this tunnel would have gone under it.

I know there were plans for a bus station under the library so did this tunnel go in to the bus station (which was never used).

And when did the tunnel get filled in.

Here are a few photos below to help try to solve the "mystery"

Below, photo 1. I took this image from Google Maps and I have drawn two red lines showing roughly where the tunnel went.

01 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr

Below, photo 2. I hunted round the web and found this old photo (not sure of date). You can just see the start of the tunnel at the bottom of the photo.

02 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr

Below, photo 3. Here is a photo I took yesterday showing roughly where the tunnel was. Some close up photos follow

03 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr

Below, photo 4. A close up of the hole in the ground. You can see the solid wall that was one side of the foot tunnel.

04 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr

Below, photo 5. A close up of the wall clearly showing the mosaic that was on the inside of the tunnel

05 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr

Below, photo 6. Another close up of the wall showing the mosaic

06 Paradise Tunnel by Felsham1, on Flickr
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Wouldn't it be better to link to the photo from the original location, instead of uploading it to your own Flickr? E.g. post the link from Geograph or where ever it was.

Can't say I remember a subway round there.
Birds eye view of that subway being dug up. In front of the Queen's College façade.

Is still some subways under the Queensway's. The Livery Subway under Great Charles Street Queensway and the subway to the Gun Quarter under St Chad's Queensway. As well as the ones at Lancaster Circus, Ashted Circus (those will go) and the two remaining at Holloway Circus. Still some at Dartmouth Circus.

Subway on Bristol Street is blocked off now.
Under St Chad's Queensway.

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